First National Bank Provides Egyptian Theatre Support

Photo from left to right: Egyptian Theatre Board President – Dan Schewe, Egyptian Theatre Executive Director – Alex Nerad, and First National Bank Illinois Market President – Tim Struthers.

DeKalb, IL – The Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb is thrilled to announce that First National Bank has committed $75,000 to support programming over the next three years at the historic theatre as an annual sponsor.

Tim Struthers, Illinois Market President for First National Bank, recently presented a check to the Theatre.  “We are delighted to provide this support to the Egyptian Theatre which is a jewel of the community,” Struthers said.  “First National Bank has a history of supporting the communities we serve.  The Egyptian holds such an important role in the greater DeKalb community.  We are excited to provide this funding and hope it encourages others to step up as well so the Theatre can continue to grow upon its success.”

First National Bank was founded in 1857 in the spirit of innovation and commitment to customer service. This sixth generation family-owned business has become the largest privately-owned bank holding company in the United States.  With 14 locations in Illinois, additional locations throughout Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas, more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates.

Egyptian Theatre Board President Dan Schewe was present to accept the check from First National Bank and thank them for their support.  “The Egyptian Theatre has quite a legacy since opening in 1929,” Schewe said.  “This increased community support will allow the Theatre to further our mission to share and protect the historical integrity of the theatre as a regional arts center for entertainment and community involvement.”

Once one of over one hundred Egyptian Theatre’s throughout the United States, today the Egyptian in DeKalb is one of only seven remaining and is the only one east of the Rocky Mountains.  With 1,400 seats, the Egyptian Theatre is host to a variety of events every year, including host to over 30 different community organizations.

Alex Nerad, Egyptian Theatre Executive Director, was also present and spoke about the impact of First National Bank’s contribution.  “Thanks to this support, this fall season will be host to a dramatic increase in programming including a variety of film series along with national touring acts,” Nerad said.  “This financial contribution allows the Egyptian to expand its staffing to support the increase in activity.  We know the Theatre provides substantial cultural and economic impact on the community.  We look forward to taking that impact to new heights while providing exciting entertainment.”

The Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL is owned and operated by Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information on upcoming events, to make a donation, or to volunteer visit the Egyptian Theatre website at

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NBC TV’s Mike Super comes to DeKalb

NBC TV’s Mike Super comes to DeKalb

Egyptian Theatre, October 13, 2017 at 8 PM

DeKalb, IL – Mike Super, star of NBC’s hit TV show ‘Phenomenon’ and direct from the world’s most iconic stage, Radio City Music Hall as a Top Finalist on ‘America’s Got Talent’ is coming to the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb Friday, October 13!

Mike will try to “steal” a vehicle from DeKalb/Sycamore Chevrolet GMC by making it vanish from their lot and have it APPEAR on stage during the show!  Not only that, but the live audience that witnesses this event, will then have a chance to WIN that very vehicle!  That’s right…EVERY audience member (with a valid drivers license) will have a chance to win the vehicle if Mike can make it appear!

As the winner of NBC’s hit TV show ‘Phenomenon’, Mike is the only magician in history to win a LIVE magic competition on primetime US network television and voted America’s Favorite Mystifier!   Through spectacular illusions and his own inimitable down-to-earth style and personality, Mike Super has pioneered a new form of magic that transcends the “trick”.  Mike has emerged as magic’s newest celebrity, with a legion of fans numbering in the millions.

Mike’s ever-growing popularity has garnered him many prestigious awards and honors. Most recently he was the recipient of the Merlin Award being named Entertainer of the Year for two consecutive years.  The Merlin Award is considered to be the Oscars of Magic, Mike shares this award with the likes of David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Criss Angel & Siegfried and Roy.

His many television appearances include being named the winner of NBC’s television show Phenomenon, Top finalist on America’s Got Talent, Penn & Teller Season Premier episode of FOOL US, numerous appearances on the French television show LA SOIREE DE L’ETRANGE, one of the presenters and artists to appear at the Pollstar awards held at the prestigious Nokia Theater and recently appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

His appeal to both young and old has made him one of the most sought after mystifiers in the world!

Imagine mind-blowing illusions combined with the hilarity of a headline comedian. Mike Super has taken the performance of magic to new, mainstream levels that will reach out and literally touch you!  Mike’s turned the magic show on its side and dumped it out into the audience! YOU become Mike’s onstage assistant!

Join the journey of emotions from laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, wonder, anticipation, tears and sentimentality that only Mike Super delivers in this family friendly performance! To learn more, visit

Reserve ticket pricing ranges from $25-$75; $5 discount available for students and kids.  $75 Gold Circle tickets includes a VIP meet and greet with Mike Super before the show and the best seats for the show.  This exclusive meet and greet includes light refreshments, close-up magic, photos & autographs one hour before the show.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 815-758-1225.

The Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL is owned and operated by Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Concert Announcement!!! Home Free coming to Egyptian Theatre in December

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! Home Free​ brings “A Country Christmas Tour” to the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, December 8 at 8 PM.

Friends of the Egyptian Theatre member pre-sale starts Wednesday, August 9 at 10 AM.

Public on-sale starts Friday, August 11 at 10 AM.

Home Free is bringing new music, new production, more country and holiday favorites as they come to town in “A Country Christmas Tour”!  The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor.

Home Free came crashing into the country world in 2013, after winning NBC’s The Sing-Off.  Since catapulting into the national spotlight, they have sold 250,000 albums, racked up more than 160-million YouTube views, and entertaining more than 200,000 people live in concert.  The group recently celebrated the release of their third studio album, COUNTRY EVOLUTION.  The release debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Country Charts, elevating the band “from auxiliary entertainment to headlining attraction” (Times Leader).

Home Free continues A Country Christmas in 2017, bringing the slam-dunk smashing success of a show to new cities, on the back of the success of the first tour in 2016.  The show brings music from the Billboard No. 2 Full Of (Even More) Cheer, released in November 2016.

Home Free has become a household name for peppering Nashville country standards with country-dipped pop hits (and having a great time doing so).  A Country Christmas Tour brings new music from an upcoming Christmas re-release, plus new country hits like Maren Morris’ “My Church”, pop slams like Shakira’s “Try Everything”, and fan favorite classics like the calypso-infused arrangement of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire.”

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Fall Film Series Announced

We’re excited to announce our Fall Film Series…..Tim Burton! Included in the series is Sweeney Todd on October 6 with the Live Shadow Cast Irrational Masters! Individual and package tickets will be available soon.

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Just Announced!!! 102.3 FM The Coyote Welcomes Joe Nichols September 15

The Coyote 102.3 FM welcomes multi-platinum RED BOW recording artist Joe Nichols is one of country music’s most praised traditional country artists. His album “Crickets” debuted in the Top 3 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and spawned the two multiweek #1, RIAA gold-certified hits “Yeah” and “Sunny and 75.” Nichols has six #1 hits and eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including chart-toppers like “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimmie That Girl,” and Top 10 smashes like “The Impossible,” “If Nobody Believed In You,” “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters,” “Yeah,” and “I’ll Wait For You.”

The 4 times Grammy nominee is the winner of the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Male Vocalist” award, the CMT “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award and the prestigious “Horizon Award” from the Country Music Association. Nichols is currently touring the U.S. performing his own headlining dates with his newest album “Never Gets Old” being released in July 2017.

Multi-platinum selling BBR Music Group/ Red Bow Records artist Joe Nichols further cements his staying power with his new album NEVER GETS OLD available July 28.

Written by Steve Moakler and Connie Harrington, the lead single and title track “Never Gets Old” offers a sweet, nostalgic melody delivered by Nichols’ traditional baritone. The title track impacts Country radio on July 17.

Drawing from Country tradition in its truest form, the album reflects a timeless sound and features songwriter heavyweights Chris Stapleton, Zach Crowell, and Shane Minor. Standout tracks include the soaring tribute to the human experience of “We All Carry Something” to the traditional steel-laden sing along “I’d Sing About You” while “Diamonds Make Babies” adds a dose of light-hearted mischief.

Fans of Nichols’ live show will recognize his interpretation of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” featuring comedian Darren Knight. Nichols has been performing this classic-twist due to popular demand, but this is its first time on a recorded project.

This summer and fall, Nichols brings the nationwide NEVER GETS OLD Tour to festivals and legendary venues.

Special pre-sale for Friends of the Egyptian Theatre members go on sale Tuesday, July 18 at 10:00 AM.  Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday, July 21 at 10:00 AM.


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